OK, the first leather messenger bag was pretty awesome, but didn't quite fit the aesthetic I was going for. Time for another try. Below are photos from bag number two which I've now been using for several months with great results. The leather this time came from leftover scraps found at a local salvage store. I repeated the bike gear on the flap just for show. All of the buckles I made from hand by bending thin metal rods. I also experimented with letter stamping on the inside pocket. I stamped it with an excerpt from a Walt Whitman poem I like:
"I too am not a bit tamed,
I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world."
I like this quote because it describes 'YAWP' as an incredibly manly sound.... which it's not. This reflects well in making leather man-bags - which I like to believe is very manly too.... but struggle to convince myself of this some nights when hunched over the sewing machine.
Overall, a vast improvement over the first bag. It's more comfortable, and the leather is a bit stiff which helps the bag hold it's shape.
Click the upper left of the photo for slideshow.